Inn at Last Chance is not of a genre I usually like to read, and avoid reviewing because of my bias. I am going to try to not be unfair to the book and focus on the main story and characters. But then, can you really separate a story from its ghost?
Jenny Carpenter has embraced spinsterhood. She lives in the small town of Last Chance, which is aptly named given Jenny’s condition. She has traded in her job as school teacher to become an inn keeper. She has bought a rundown haunted inn at the edge of town, against better advice. She has poured her life savings into renovating it and now looks forward to seeing it flourish.
Gabriel Raintree has seen success. His books are bestsellers, made into blockbuster movies. But he is predictably suffering from writers’ block and looking for a quiet place to disappear to. He somehow lands into his old hometown after several years, and turns up at Jenny’s doorstep, wanting to buy his old house back.
Gabe’s old employee has been harassed by a ghost all his life. Now it appears that there are two fresh targets. He does his best to discourage the youngsters from living in the haunted house. The presence makes itself felt, and does erratic things. A mangy dog appears, as if sent by an invisible hand. Gabe is forced to face his demons, and is beginning to remember his past. Meanwhile, more earthy problems are making themselves known in the form of political opponents of the town librarian.
There is a drive to save the library, but mysterious things are happening that drive a wedge between lifelong friends. Inn at Last Chance offers suspense and horror movie type thrills, anticipation that keeps you turning pages, and romance among the most unlikely pair. A grungy Gabe wearing tattered jeans and sweatshirts hardly sounds attractive.
Jenny Carpenter can brave any ghost but she is stumped by the fact that her gueset won’t eat her award winning muffins.
Inn at Last Chance is a good read for people who like suspense and intrigue, with a little unusual stuff thrown in.